Gay-rights groups push anti-bullying bill

Gay rights groups are adjusting their focus toward bullying … Patrick Condon of the AP writes: “OutFront Minnesota, one of the main political forces behind last year’s gay marriage bill, will rally supporters Monday at the Capitol as it aims to push the [anti-bullying] bill through the state Senate after years of setbacks, including a 2009 veto by former Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty. Supporters see a window of opportunity, with full Democratic control at the Capitol guaranteed only through the end of this year. … The House passed the bill last May on a straight party-line vote.”

Meanwhile, two education professionals dispute Strib columnist Katharine Kersten’s views on the bill. In a Strib commentary, Steve Larson and Denise Sprecht write: “Kersten’s Feb. 27 commentary (“Antibullying bill ‘safe’? Check the hidden agenda”) propagates misconceptions and fears to drum up opposition to the comprehensive antibullying legislation we need. … Kersten mistakenly believes that the bill’s list of groups more likely to be bullied would exclude some students. The bill’s language unequivocally protects all students. But there’s good reason for also having the detailed list; certain students are more likely to be harassed.”

You gotta have priorities … . Raya Zimmerman of the PiPress writes: “Two people were hospitalized Sunday after they tried to remove their flat-screen TV from their burning St. Paul apartment. … when firefighters entered a basement unit, a man and a woman were disconnecting the TV in an attempt to save it. The room already had filled up with thick smoke.”

Now Minneapolis’ teachers appear to have a new deal. The AP says: “The union and district say details won’t be released until they’re shared with rank-and-file teachers and the school board. A contract vote is expected in mid-April.”

Stribber Eric Roper looks at the lack of development at Hiawatha and Lake and says “Besides a site owned by the Minneapolis School District, the lot is one of the most significant opportunities for transit-oriented development along the Hiawatha light rail line. That’s important since development at the intersection of Lake Street has fallen far short of high expectations from when the line opened. In fact, what is now the third-busiest transit hub in the metro is surrounded by 2,700 stalls of surface parking on the equivalent of 18 football fields of land.”

When aren’t Democrats fretting? Don Davis of the Forum News Service writes: “Listen to [DFL chairman] Ken Martin and you could get the idea that Minnesota Democrats are in trouble. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party chairman said, however, that his worries are more about members of his own party rather than with Republicans.”

The GleanAnd how did they think they were going to be paying for the thing? Kevin Duchschere of the Strib writes: “Chris Bothe and Wendy Armitage have held the same sweet season tickets for the St. Paul Saints since the team’s first year in 1993 — four seats in the first row of Midway Stadium, right behind home plate. But when the Saints open their new downtown ballpark in 2015, Bothe and Armitage and their guests will be watching instead from behind the third-base dugout. That’s because their home-plate seats will cost more than twice as much in the $63 million, publicly subsidized ballpark.”

There’s some pretty territory back there … and almost no people. Pam Louwagie of the Strib says: “Duluth leaders want to make it the city’s second tourist destination, aiming to attract young vacationers more interested in activity over attractions, movement over museums. ‘We have the largest freshwater estuary in the world in the St. Louis River,’ Mayor Don Ness said. ‘You have all of these amazing natural amenities and outdoor recreation experiences in a fairly small concentrated area.’ ”

Dave Orrick of the PiPress reminds readers of the deer feed about to commence up north: “This will be the first time since 1997 that Minnesota has embarked on an emergency deer feed. It’s the result of pressure from deer hunters who note that the severe winter likely is killing deer in areas where the population is lower than goals set by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. … The ingredient list likely will include dried distillers grain and solubles (from ethanol plants), corn, wheat middlings (a byproduct of wheat mills), dehydrated alfalfa and alfalfa meal, perhaps soybean meal and oats, added vitamins and minerals and molasses as a binder.” Sounds like the State Fair without sticks.

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Comments (11)

  1. Submitted by Barbara Skoglund on 03/03/2014 - 12:36 pm.

    Saints

    The PROBLEM is that Saints owners and managers repeatedly said prices wouldn’t go up. They are also repeatedly saying charter subscribers could get comprable seating for the same price. They said is over and over again. We are moving from row 3 behind home plate to the very last row, nowhere near home plate – and our prices are still going up! Seats comprable to the one’s people have had since the team began will sit empty – at $1225 a seat. It’s the lying that has people really pissed off. I’m also confident the new $3500 seats will be fairly empty as well.

    BTW, the cheapest seats will be GA on a piece of grass behind the bull pen in the outfield – berm they are called.

    • Submitted by Hugh Gitlin on 03/03/2014 - 02:19 pm.

      I love Berms

      I have been to many minor league & college ballparks with berm GA. I bring a blanket, and stretch out and watch the game.

  2. Submitted by Rosalind Kohls on 03/03/2014 - 12:51 pm.

    The agenda for the anti-bullying bill is not hidden. It gives special carve-outs to gay students in order to silence speech that is in opposition to gay marriage or homosexual behavior.

    • Submitted by Pat Berg on 03/03/2014 - 01:33 pm.

      Yeah, so?

      So a child with legally-married same-sex parents should have to hear his family attacked while he is at school where his focus should be on learning?

      I don’t think so.

      How about a student whose parents are of different races or of different religions? Is it okay to harass that student because you don’t approve of his parents’ marriage?

      I don’t think so.

      How is one different from the other? Answer: They’re not.

      And about that “homosexual behavior” thing – unless they’re having sex on school grounds, I fail to see what “homosexual behavior” is taking place that should be curtailed.

      Unless, of course, you are objecting to kissing and holding hands and such. And frankly, there probably should be less of that on school grounds, anyway – regardless of the genders of the participants.

      Bottom line – same sex marriage is legal in this state, and any person’s sexual preferences are nobody’s damn business to be criticizing in a public place such as a school.

      This really isn’t a difficult concept unless you choose to make it so.

      • Submitted by Rosalind Kohls on 03/03/2014 - 03:03 pm.

        the speech will be curtailed, not the behavior

        For example, two high school males are discussing whether they will be uncomfortable taking a shower in the locker room with another male who is gay. A gay student overhears them and reports their “bullying” to school officials because they hurt his feelings.
        Another example, someone notices there are no pictures or illustrations of gay-married couples in the social studies textbooks. This excludes gay students and exclusion is “bullying” so the school district must replace the textbooks.

        • Submitted by Marc Post on 03/03/2014 - 03:25 pm.

          Nonsense

          Now you’re just making silly stuff up. None of that will happen. That’s the same silly thinking that was spouted about people marrying their pets.

  3. Submitted by T J Simplot on 03/03/2014 - 01:21 pm.

    Honest question

    I don’t have kids yet but I am definitely against bullying. However, has it been shown that anti-bullying laws work? To me it would seem like a bully is going to be a bully regardless of what the law does, maybe just not at school.

  4. Submitted by Richard O'Neil on 03/03/2014 - 02:16 pm.

    “It’s the lying that has people really pissed off.”

    No, Barbara. It’s the prices.

    • Submitted by jason myron on 03/03/2014 - 05:05 pm.

      Agreed

      When looking at an increase from $6.00 to $22.00 for single admission seats, or $550 each for season increasing to $1225, I’d say that the Saints are in real danger of finding out just how far out of whack those prices are for semipro ball. If I get the urge, I’ll just travel down to Miesville, catch the Mudhens and have a burger at Kings Place.

  5. Submitted by Greg Kapphahn on 03/03/2014 - 05:03 pm.

    Public School SHOULD Feel Like Safe Places for ALL Students

    Which is what this anti-bullying legislation is all about. If some among us want our kids to have freedom to derisively refer to anyone who doesn’t fit their idea of gender norms (which, in this extreme form, are, in and of themselves, an expression of dysfunctional attitudes and too-rigid child rearing) they are perfectly free to enroll their precious little snowflakes in private schools were nonconformist kids can be freely ridiculed using whatever derogatory terms give those parents and children the most joy.

    I suppose if a local public school were overrun by theater, music, and art kids who had turned themselves into muscular gym rats and sneeringly and derisively threw out the term “stupid breeders” and “dumb jocks and cheerleaders” every time they passed a straight couple acting affectionate in the hall,…

    and those straight kids went home to mommy and daddy and complained about how they were constantly being ridiculed, criticized and bullied for being STRAIGHT, those parents might gain some small inkling about why such anti-bullying legislation makes sense.

    Well, no, actually they’d be INCENSED that anyone would dare question their children’s right to think, act and behave as the people God created them to be. If only they could comprehend the truth: that God creates all the kids they think their own kids should be allowed to harass and bully, too. ALL kids are God’s beloved children.

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